Robert "Bob" Yale, Former PUD Senior Engineer, Dies at 91

Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020

Robert A. "Bob" Yale, who worked at Skagit PUD from 1952 to 1980 as an engineer and later as a project inspector, died June 30. Mr. Yale, a long-time Bow resident, was 91.

Bob -Yale Mr. Yale grew up in Seattle, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1945 and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington in 1952.

Between high school and college Mr. Yale served in the United States Coast Guard, primarily in Alaska as a long range navigation operator.

Mr. Yale moved to Mount Vernon in 1952 and began his engineering career with Skagit PUD. He retired from the PUD in 1980, but later returned as a project inspector, bringing his time with the District to over 30 years.

Mr. Yale was active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA), serving a term as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Section and for several years as its Secretary Treasurer. In 1975, he received the Powell-Lindsay award for service to the section.  

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church Endowment or Music Fund and Hospice of the Northwest.